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I'm ditching my 2 x KEF 45B subs! SVS or B&W?

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by Jules, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. Jules

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    There are lots of posts on SVS, and until today I hadn't really considered them. But a Cylindrical sub may be just the ticket to squeeze in the space behind my TDM23F front speakers & stands.

    I've long accepted that my KEF subs are not great, and for music they're pretty poor.
    But I've finally decided that they've got to go, and I want something very much more capable, especially for music.

    How good are these cylindrical SVS subs higher up the frequency range?
    Everyone talks about power and depth, but given that my speakers are THX designs, any sub needs to be tuneful right up to 80Hz.

    So, cut to the chase.... an SVS or a B&W with my KEF THX speakers?
     
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  3. Ian J

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    No M&K speaker is full range as they only officially go down to 80Hz yet as I used to say in my signature "M&K and SVS are a marriage made in heaven"
     
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    Your right there! I had a 45B to, changed recently to a SVS 16-46 PCi, it sounds like my whole speaker system has had an upgrade, the SVS seems to blend better with the Kef's than their own sub did :nono:

    Not sure you'll need two though, my rooms 18x27 feet and the one sub goes more than loud enough with a much cleaner tighter sound than the 45B could muster.
     
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    It's an interesting one and I have been a huge fan of M&K since the first time I heard them. I think they could pretty much go with anything I have to say and my subs were certainly not THX certified even though some of my speakers are.

    Not heard the SVS but there are tons of others on here that own one. I listened to the B&W ASW800 and 850 a couple of weeks ago and WOW. It was an incredible piece of kit and looks beautiful too. It was running with M&K kit too, funnily enough !!

    SVS certainly seems to have most of the competition licked for price but I would try and get one of the member's on here to let you have a listen sometime. It's worth a wee bit of effort of your part to listen before buying.

    Then go and audition a B&W.

    What's your upper price limit ?

    Stu
     
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    I run KEF PSW2500's with music and have no problems at all , if you want serious sound for music go for the KEF PSW5000 ???
     
  7. Ian J

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    The members of the SVS club are a helpful lot and frequently offer demo's when asked. I have had quite a few people round to listen to mine and most if not all went away impressed.

    I read your recent reviews of the B&W 800 and 850 with interest but don't forget that they cost substantially more than a cylindrical SVS as even the top of the range powered cylindrical sub the PC Ultra comes in at under £1,000
     
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    Indeed mate, they are expensive compared to the SVS, no shadow of a doubt.
     
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    what is the SVS stuff i keep reading about ?
     
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    http://www.svsubwoofers.com/

    Top class subwoofers that are sold direct to the public by the American manufacturer cutting out the middleman and his slice of the pie, making them highly competitive with anything bought through the traditional retail chain.

    Many of the more discerning forum members have an SVS subwoofer :D
     
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    And I want to get one if I can just hide it from the wife :D (I currently have a KEF PSW2500, and I've heard a PB2+ SVS, the SVS destroys the single KEF, mind you, I don't have four of them :D )

    The KEF PSW2500's are great budget-mid end subs, but the SVS does go deeper, they are faster, and can demolish a house if turned up loud enough :devil:
     
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    as good as a PSW5000 ??


    Ian , thanks for the reply
     
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    Kazman ,

    with a really good AMP you would be shocked with what the 2500 can do mate :)
     
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    No many of the people with the most money/debts have them :D and understanding spouses :devil:

    So where do you live Breitling?? Are you willing to Demo em to people?? :smashin:
     
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    For the price that SVS subs cost, and the quality you get it is quite remarkable i would seriously consider them, i certainly do not have any regrets.
    Also it could not be any easier to purchase, the service was excellent :smashin:

    John
     
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    ok, thanks guys.

    With so many people on here saying good things about SVS, I feel comfortable that a PC Ultra would sound great.

    But, I'm not yet comfortable with the size, weight and portability of these things.
    My cinema is in a 2nd floor attic, and the stairway up is narrow and steep!
    Could I really lift a 70 lb huge cylinder sub up there?

    If delivery to our very difficult to find address can be trusted, I'd probably need to collect it in my car (besides, I'm never in during delivery hours).
    The box it comes in must be bloody huge, so Is one of these things going to fit in a Ford Focus Saloon?

    Oh, and if I try to sell my 2 KEF 45B's, anyone got an idea how much I should ask for them?

    Almost there now, just need someone to give me that little extra shuff to push the 'buy now' button!
     
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    I would forget trying to get it in a ford focus :D :D :D

    John

    Sorry that was a reply to one of your quotes :oops:
     
  18. Ian J

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    REL Quakes are fairly small and you would have no difficulty getting one of them up a narrow staircase :D
     
  19. Jules

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    oh, that does it. I'm going to pop an order in tonight! Thanks Ian.

    If it won't fit in a Ford Focus, how the hell am I going to get it home?

    If I went for the 25-31+ instead, would this fit in the car?
    And is it possible to collect these things on your own, or would you need an assistant?
    I reall want to sneak it in without knowing!
     
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    It is much more sensible to have the sub delivered to your home. Bax will telephone you when it has cleared customs to arrange delivery and you can then give them explicit directions to your home.

    The alternative is perhaps to collect it from Bax but when boxed up they are quite large and probably a two man job to load, unload and manouvre up two flights of stairs.

    The results are well worth the effort though.
     
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    I live in Kent mate , yes would be more than happy to demo my kit :)
     
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    This sort of description always seemed to be a bit extreme to me until receiving my own SVS sub.. I've had my 20-39PC+ for 4 months now and one of the girls I live with has noticed that there are some cracks developing in the hallway ceiling leading to my room that she's sure werent there before!! I know the bass can resonate pretty badly down there with my door open but :eek: !!
     
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    Jules you should be able to get the sub in your car, I brought a fully packaged 16-46 home in my civic and thats 7 inches longer than the ultra! weight wise I think my sub is a bit lighter the the 45B was!
     
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    Only Just !! :smashin:
     

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